Romans 5:3 instructs us to “rejoice in our suffering” because it is for our growth and development. Pain prepares us for triumph. I am reminded of a fable that illustrates this perfectly.
The sunshine and the rain were engaged in a conversation one day when out of nowhere, the sunshine made a crude remark.
“You know, you really cause of a lot of trouble.”
“What do you mean?” the rain asked in bewilderment.
“You cause accidents, ruin picnics, spoil trips to the beach…the list on. But look at those people down there basking in my splendor. You know, the world would be a much better place without you,” the sunshine accused.
“I seriously doubt that,” the rain said in defense.
“Then give me one good reason why it wouldn’t,” the sunshine challenged.
“Well, for one, I take away the pollution of the air, filling it with moisture and freshness in which the world breathes.”
“Give me another one,” the sunshine challenged again.
“Do you see those beautiful flowers over there?” the rain asked.
“Yes,” the sunshine huffed.
“Well, I water the soil in which they are planted. I nurture the beauty of the world that you admire.”
“Go on, go on,” the sunshine urged.
“I replenish the rivers, the lakes, the oceans, and the seas so that the essential element of life may be bountiful and plenteous. I give life to the fish of the sea. Look at the various trees standing throughout the land. I protect them from being consumed by fire so they can fight diseases in the lower atmosphere. I nourish the soil in which they are planted, too. And in return, trees exhale pure oxygen into the air…the air in the sky in which so freely fly. Were it not for me, the fowl of the air would be extinct. And aren’t those shady green pastures just lovely? Well, I nurture the ground the ground in which they sit. So, were it not for me, those animals you see down there grazing in the meadows would surely cease to exist. And what about the crops of the field? Were it not for me, they would dry up and wither away and there would never be any harvest to reap, causing starvation to be prevalent in the land. You see, my friend, I ensure the existence of virtually all things. Were it not for me, there wouldn’t be air to breathe, food to eat, or water to drink. So while I may not be favored by the masses just because I cause temporary discomfort, I am quite essential to life. And you know what that means, don’t you?” the rain asked.
“I’m afraid I don’t,” the sunshine said with an attitude.
“It means that those people so-called basking in your splendor wouldn’t even appreciate you were it not for me.”
Exasperated and at a loss for words, the sunshine sighed and replied, “Well, you don’t have to rub it in!”
The discomfort caused by pain is actually for our growth and development. We may cry sometimes, but our tears do not fall on fallow ground. The shedding of our tears is a powerful phenomenon in and of itself. Our tears are symbolic of rain; they represent the showering of the air of our souls—the cleansing of our ailments and pain. Our tears represent the watering of the soil of our souls—the saturation of strength, faith, love, endurance, and peace. They also represent the replenishing of the sea of our souls—the flooding of wealth and prosperity. And the salt of our tears signifies the richness in which they flow. Finally, after the showering, watering, and replenishing, the rainbow of our soul appears and reveals its radiance; it lets us know that JOY IS ON ITS WAY!!
Verse of the Day: “In all things, God works for the good of those who love him.” - Romans 8:28
By D’edra Y. Armstrong